As you are selecting courses for this fall semester, you may want to check out the following:
Stories and Storytelling: An Introduction to Narrative
Professor Emily Sun
Study of the forms and functions of narrative with focus on three modes: detection, confession, and digression. Investigation of how storytelling takes place in various media and genres, across fiction and non-fiction–in short stories, a novella, novels, a poem, films, scholarly essays, autobiography, and a psychoanalytic case history. Attention to historical shifts, cultural differences, and philosophical questions such as the writing of the self, the nature of memory, how we experience time, and how we grapple to tell truth from fiction. Works by Doyle, Borges, Sophocles, Freud, Hitchcock, Augustine, Coleridge, McEwan, the compilers of The Arabian Nights, Diderot, Calvino, and Lispector.
German Migrant Literature
Professor Erk Grimm
The course is well suited for students who have just completed the second year of German (Intermediate level). A survey course the impact of examines different forms of displacement and mobility in literary representations and public debates. The focus is on the rich personal and collective experience of migrants. We study stories about exile, asylum, orientalism, expatriation, diaspora, “Gastarbeit,” and immigration in German texts written in the 19th and 20th centuries. You will find out about “imagined communities” in the age of the colonialism and discuss the real or imaginary encounters with India and Africa in the 19th century. Crucial notions such as asylum and cosmopolitanism will inform our discussions, including the facets of race- and gender-based perspectives. Readings include works by major German writers and intellectuals such as Anna Seghers, Emine Özdamar, Bertolt Brecht and Hans Magnus Enzensberger, transnational poets like Chamisso and influential studies such as Saskia Sassen’s Guests and Aliens.
Europe Imagined: Images of a (New) Europe in 20th Century Literature
Professor Erk Grimm
The course explores the changing and diverse images of Europe in 20th/21st century literatures. Our focus is on the literary/social imagination of writers and intellectuals as well as the production and translation of literary works within the larger context of the politics of transnationalism. The course examines the ideas of a European community and each nation’s cultural history from a comparative perspective. Readings include major writers and Nobel prize winners (Milan Kundera, Heinrich Böll, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie), but also new voices such as Colm Tóibín, Yoko Tawada or Alice Kaplan.